September 18, 2007
|Today's hike was on the Bartram Trail from the Osage Mountain Overlook to Scaly Mountain plus a short loop on the trail near Osage overlook.
HIKERS - Ken Adams, Jack Jacobi, Linda Johnson, Dick Metzgar, Joe Metzger, Jerry Metzger, Leigh Ann Miller, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Doug Russell, Dan Ross, Pom Sinnock, Dave Standard, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Bartram Trail starts at Osage Mountain Overlook on Highway 106 between Dillard, GA and Highlands, NC. It is a steady climb up to the summit of Scaly Mountain and the rock faces there give some very nice views of the NC and GA mountains.
Directions: Osage Overlook is 5.7 miles west of Highlands on NC Hwy. 106. Or from Dillard, GA turn right on GA 246 which becomes NC 106 and drive approx. 9 miles to Osage Overlook on the right.
Another great day for a hike! Sunny and mild with temperatures from the low 60's to mid 70's F.
Hiking distance - 6 miles
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Grass of Parnassus, Heart-leafed Aster, White Wood's Aster, White Snakeroot, Lobelia, Southern Harebells, Healall, Goldenrod, Flowering Spurge, Hawkweed, Starry Campion, Hog Peanut, Whorled Coreopsis, Mountain Mint, Bushy Aster, Indian Plaintain, Phlox and Mountain Gentian.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Blue Jay, White Breasted Nuthatch, Crow, Towhee, Pileated Woodpecker
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Our starting point for today's hike.
Approaching the summit of Scaly, we get this nice view over to Rabun Bald.
A rare treat, we find Grass of Parnassus in full bloom.
View one from the Summit of Scaly Mountain. .
View two from the summit.
On the way back down the mountain, we take a short side trail out to a great rock face for lunch.
Lunchtime on the rock face that is almost like an amphitheater.
The view from our lunch spot!
The OFHC gang from today's hike (l-r) David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Dan Ross, Jerry Metzger, Donna Presley, Pom Sinnock, Wanda Miller, Dave Standard, Leigh Ann Miller, Linda Johnson, Carole Wintle, Dick Metzgar, Wayne Miller, Joe Metzger, Ken Adams, Doug Russell, Jack Jacobi, Tony Presley.